Foreign Minister’s Statement Following Release of UN Human Rights Chief’s Report on Xinjiang

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said:

The report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights provides further evidence of the appalling scale of China’s efforts to silence and suppress Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang.

It includes harrowing evidence, including first-hand accounts from victims, that shame China in the eyes of the international community, including actions that may amount to crimes against humanity.

This includes credible evidence of arbitrary and discriminatory detention, torture, sexual and gender-based violence, violations of reproductive rights and destruction of religious sites. UN member states must now have the opportunity to fully consider the report.

The UK has already led international efforts to hold China to account at the UN, imposed sanctions on senior Chinese government officials and announced measures to help ensure that no UK organization is complicit in these violations through their supply chains.

We will continue to work with our international partners to bring about a change in China’s actions and immediately end its appalling human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

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Jacob L. Thornton